The JRCs research on floods focuses on improving preparedness and support during a flood crisis. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) forecasts the potential for floods in Europe up to ten days in advance and communicates this information to EU member states.
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) is a web-based platform that in case of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and cyclones, sends automatic alerts via e-mail, fax or SMS to the international first responders community.
Acronym: GDACS Collaborating DGs: DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) External Partners: UNOCHA, Institute for Meteorological Research
Iceland and SARWeather, Dartmouth Flood Observatory, UNITAR-UNOSAT
The ongoing floods map viewer, part of the JRCs floods portal, highlights the locations where river levels exceed critical thresholds. It is based on near real-time river measurements, automatically transferred by the national hydrological centres to the JRC.
Acronym: Ongoing floods
As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.